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John Podaras

Hotel Development Resources

Partner

HDR is a boutique consultancy specialising in providing potential investors, owners, developers and operators critical support during the hotel development process. An increasingly important aspect of this advice is the financial planning required at the concept development stage to deliver projects that are sustainable throughout their lifecycle and deliver authenticity. In a market that is becoming progressively sophisticated, John assists stakeholders to cross the regulatory divide and position their projects so that they resonate with the requirements of the appropriate target markets.

Prior to HDR, John was a Director of the Dubai office of Christie + Co. He joined the company in April 2012 from the private office of one of India’s foremost family-owned real estate and infrastructure developers where, during the previous two years, he advised on the acquisition and growth of their hotel portfolio.

Having worked previously in the UK and Cyprus, John moved to Dubai in 2001 from where he has undertaken hospitality and tourism advisory assignments across most of the countries of the GCC, Sub-Continent, Levant and North Africa. His strength in financial analysis has seen him being involved in a wide range of client requirements; he has carried out assignments for master planned mixed use developments, market and financial feasibility studies, hotel valuations, acquisition and disposal appraisals and provided owner assistance for hotel operator selections and hotel management contract negotiations.